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Six years for rapist to get sentenced

Jul 22 2019 Published by under 苏州美甲美睫培训学校

A 21-YEAR-OLD man who pleaded guilty to rapewas placed on a two year probation order and will serve 100 hours of community service.

No conviction was recorded against the man, who was 15yearsoldwhen he fingered the victim for several seconds while she was asleep in her bed some timebetween August 18, 2010, and August 23, 2010.

In the Mount Isa District Court last Friday,Judge Ian Dearden said the lengthy delay between the crime and sentencing was due to the man telling lies to the police.

“Had you been an adult when you committed the offence there is no doubt in my view you would be going to jail today (Friday),” Judge Dearden said to the manwhile passing sentence.

“In those few seconds you caused an enormous amount of pain, grief and heartache.

“Each of you will bear the effects of your conduct –not hers, yours –for the rest of your life.”

But the man had no other sexual crimes against him in his criminal history –the last breaking and entering charge was in 2012.

“I’m prepared to give you a chance,” the judge said.

Director of Public Prosecutions prosecutor Elizabeth Kelso saidthevictim told her school counsellorwhat had happened, andshortly after doing soreported it to the police.

The man denied the charge when police first interviewed him, Ms Kelso said.

“He said he was working at a cattle station at the time, and was released without charge,” Ms Kelso said.

It was only after the man was released that police investigators realised that he was not working at the cattle station at the time he was accused of rape.

But it took until December, 2015, five years after he raped the victim, for him to be located and charged. The man then admitted what he had done.

Ms Kelso said that through conditions of the Youth Justice Act the defendant had to be charged as an adult, although prosecution did acknowledge he was a juvenile at the time the rape happened.

Barrister Charlotte Smithsaid the defendant was“very embarrassed, ashamed and remorseful”. He was pursuing a career as a ranger.

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Buddleja: the beautiful butterfly bush

Jul 22 2019 Published by under 苏州美甲美睫培训学校

ATTRACTIVE: Buddlejas are attractive for the gardener as well as butterflies and other insects.Buddlejas,those beautiful butterfly bushesso called because their nectar rich flower spikesattract butterflies to them, are probably the most amenable of all shrubs to soil type, acid or alkaline, but theydo prefer a well drained situation in the garden for the bestresults.They flower well in full sun and like shelter from strong winds as their wood is inclined to be brittle. These hardy plants arealsodrought and salt tolerant soaresuitable forcoastal gardens.

Named after the Reverend Adam Buddle, a botanist from Essexin England in the seventeenth century, buddlejas flower prolifically instunning colours of white, purple, pink, orange, yellow and magenta.Some are fragrant. They belong to the same family as foxgloves, Scrophulariaceae.

Buddlejas are big feeders and appreciate the addition of composted material used as amulch.Well suited to the open garden they are not good subjects for growing in containers due to their coarse root system.

Buddlejas benefit from deadheading as the blooms fade to encourage the production of subsidiary flower spikes to extend the flowering season.

Theyhave been known to naturalise in Tasmania in disturbed ground in urban areas especially along roadsides.The tiny, winged seeds spreadon the wind so its important to prevent them from becoming a potential problem by removing allspent flowers before they can seed.

Buddlejas are quick growing with a spreading habit andtherefore need to be prunedhardto control their size and to remove dead or weak growth. If you grow varieties that flower on the previous season’s wood, those that flower in late winter or spring, prune the flowering shoots back as soon as flowering stops.The new growth will mature to flower in the following winter.

Late summer flowering and autumn types should be pruned back in late winter.Old shrubs can be pruned back very hard to rejuvenate them, but feed well after any drastic pruning.

Buddleja davidii cultivars are suitable to use as centre pieces or asbackground plantsin the mixed shrub bedbecause of their flower size andabundance of blooms.

Anotherlovely buddleja isthe Argentinean native B. globosa, distinguished by its dense crop oforange/yellow balls of flowers in summer. A large deciduous shrub of open habit it has big, wrinkled dark green leaves.

Prune to shape after flowering.Buddleja salvifoliais a winter flowering type with upright heads ofpretty pale lilac flowers.Buddleja x weyeriana, a cross between B. davidii and B. globosa,has orange/yellow flowersthatis oftenflushed soft purple.

Buddlejasgrow easily from half-hardened cuttings in summer especiallyifa littleheel isleft on.Ideal bonsai subjects.

DIARYJuly 19:The Australian Plant Societywill meetat the Max Fry Hall on Gorge Rd, Trevallyn, Launcestonat7.30pm.Guest speaker for the evening is Rosemary Verbeeten on the topic of “Lessons learnt from gardening with native plants”.

Visitors are welcome to attend the meeting at no charge andwill be able to gain expert advice on gardening with native plants from thefriendly members over a cup of tea or coffee. Information on the APST can be obtained from its website at苏州美甲美睫培训学校

July 20:The Launceston Horticultural Society willmeet at the Windmill Hill Hall, High Street, Launceston at8pm.Guest speaker for the evening is Tim Terryof Tasmanian Truffles.Visitors are welcome.

July 21:The Launceston Orchid Society will meet at the Newnham Uniting Church Hall, George Town Road, Launceston at7.00pm.Visitors arewelcome.

Daily:The Emu Valley Rhododendron Gardenat55 Breffay Road, Romaine, Burnie is open from9amto5pm.

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Meat yield, quality key focus

Jul 22 2019 Published by under 苏州美甲美睫培训学校

WORK under way on Dorpers in a satellite flock in Western Australia will help create better eating quality lambs, without compromising yield or growth.

The Resource Flock began life in 2007 as the Information Nucleus Flock under the Sheep Co-operative Research Centre (CRC), but is now run by Meat and Livestock Australia.

Professor of animal genetics Julius van der Werf, University of New England, Armidale, said the project would determine where Dorpers were situated in terms ofmeat yield and quality.

The focus then shifts to the development of genotyping tools, adding to traditional methods such as pedigree and performance recording.

Prof van der Werf, also the program leader for the genomics program in Sheep CRC, said this was a long-term project to ensure breeds such as Dorpers had the tools to produce high yielding carcases while maintaining eating quality.

The project involves the slaughter of the lambs, all of which are DNA tested, to collate data on traits such as intramuscular fat (IMF) and tenderness.This information is used to develop a genomics test, which in turn will then be used to calculate a breeding value, giving producers an estimation of the breeding value of that animal from an early age.

“The idea is to create an index which can balance these otherwise antagonistic traits, so producers will be able to select for high meat yield without reducing eating quality”, Prof van der Werf said.

“Those eating quality traits are important because if you keep just selecting for meat yield and growth, then the intramuscular fat level goes down.

“It’s quite likely we can measure lean meat yield in abattoirs very soon and we’re also working with MLA and the CRC on measuring intramuscular fat at chain speed in abattoirs.”

He said this meant processors would eventually be able to develop a price signal for these traits, however, this may take several years.

“If you pay for the trait, it’s an incentive to breed for the trait,” he said.

Prof van der Werf said the genomic test was still about two to three years off commercial release for Dorper producers.

His suggestion at this stage for the best way breeders could use this technology was to select the best ram lambs to test, and, using genomic testing, narrow them down to the best of the group to use for breeding.

A trial being conducted in Western Australia is helping to develop genomic tests for Dorper and White Dorper sheep for hard-to-measure eating quality traits.

Therefore, a producer might genotype 20 young rams, but use the best five for breeding to make better selections,reduce generation intervals and increase genetic progress.

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Women learn vital skills

Jul 22 2019 Published by under 苏州美甲美睫培训学校

Brooke Boulden using the Farm Fire Unit Hose after starting the pump.

South Australian Country Fire Servicerecently ran their free two-day award winning Firey Women Workshop on the island to empower women to learn how to protect themselves and their families in a bushfire.

Marina Gregor building confidence in starting a farm fire unit pump.

Women came from as far as Cape Forbin, D’Estrees Bay, Nepean Bay, Kingscote, Brownlow and Flinders Chase.

Women learnedabout the seven keys to bushfire survival:

Sarah, back left, Cyrita, Hester, Vivienne, Ruth, Marina, Connie, Vanessa, and front Leeza, Brooke, Janine, Archie, Lisa and Tina.

Understanding Bushfire Risk & BehaviourRecognising Fire Danger DaysPreparing Your Home and PropertyActing on Fire Danger DaysPhysical & Emotional PreparationCreating Emergency KitsWriting & Practising your Bushfire Survival PlansThe women left the workshop with the beginnings of their own Bushfire Survival Plan, and a good knowledge of how to prepare their own properties and businesses for bushfire and really understood the meaning of “leaving early” and “staying and defending” in the event of a bushfire.

The women understood some of the greatest risks and mistakes people make every time there’s a fire like getting into their vehicle and thinking they will out run the fire.

They also became aware of the importance of really understanding weather and environmental conditions that can change the way a fire behaves and where to get reliable information before a fire even begins.

The program was described as “very informative” byparticipants, with the workshop so informative thatone participant suggestedfor the program to be “compulsory for everyone in high risk areas”.

Thank you very much. I feel a lot better prepared. I have a lot more confidence and know that I can handle the potential situation better.

“It has given me confidence with understanding fire dangers and how to prevent a tragedy/lessen risk of harm from a bushfire,” one participant said.

“There was a lot of fun with some of the hands-on skills including starting a fire pump, getting into the best position if stuck in a vehicle and looking at and handling bushfire emergency kit items that could be used if trapped and forced to stay and defend their homes,” another participant said.

CFS Community Engagement Officer Vanessa Geerts said it’s great that there are 12 more Kangaroo Island Residents and their families who will be better prepared this coming fire season.

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Coach tips Simmons to bring touch of Magic

Jul 22 2019 Published by under 苏州美甲美睫培训学校

Ben Simmons at the NBA Draft in New York. Picture: Getty Images

Philadelphia has had Rocky Balboa, Wilt Chamberlain, Julius Irving and Allen Iverson.Now they have a new hero, Ben Simmons.

The 76ers used the first pick of the NBA Draft on the 19-year-old 208cm, 111kg gazelle who can play any position on a basketball court.He is the franchise player they will look to structure their team rebuild around.

“When we all look at what Ben brings to the table in regards to size, skilland versatility, it is exciting,” coach Brett Brown said.

NBA teams hire investigators to delve into the lives of potential recruits.They have a lot to lose. The 76ers are not only paying Simmons millionsover the next three years but desperately need the right player to revive the once-great franchise.

Brown had an odd advantage because he has known Simmons since he was born.

Brown was an assistant under Lindsay Gaze at the Melbourne Tigers in 1989 when the team took a gamble on 205cm Bronx-born bruiser Dave Simmons as one of its US imports.Dave fell in love with the Tigers’ head cheerleader, Julie, they married, and baby Ben, the 76ers saviour, was born.

Brown eventually moved back to the US asan assistant at San Antonio before taking on the difficult job of reviving the 76ers.Rave reviews about Dave’s kid kept finding their way back to him.

The enviable problem for Brown is to decide how he will use Simmons.Hesaid it would be “borderline cruel” to use him as a guard, a position he rates as the most difficult for an NBA rookie to grasp.Butdon’t count it out.

Simmons has been compared to the greatest big-man point guard, Magic Johnson, and Brown knows one day he may just live up to that comparison.

“Sometimes in my wildest dreams I envisage him as a point guard,” Brown said.

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